How to prevent horizontal foundation cracks
- Regrade your yard, if necessary – The yard around your home should slope away from the foundation, not toward it. If the yard slopes toward your home, water will drain toward the foundation. You don’t want this to happen.
- Keep water-hungry vegetation away from the foundation – If the plants and shrubs around your foundation need to be watered frequently, this will dump more water into the soil around the foundation.
- Clean your gutters regularly – Clogged gutters can cause water to spill over the side of your home and into the soil next to the foundation.
- Install downspout extensions, if necessary – If your downspouts are too short, they’ll release water next to the foundation. Downspout extensions channel the water away from the foundation before releasing it.
- Install a drain tile system – The best way – by far – to prevent excess water from building up in the soil around your home’s foundation is a drain tile system. There are two types, interior, and exterior. An exterior drain tile system is installed around the outside perimeter of the foundation at the footing level. An interior drain tile system is installed under the basement floor. They both work by channeling any excess water in the soil to a sump pit, where it’s then released away from the foundation either by gravity or via a sump pump. For more information on drain tile systems, see How Does A Drain Tile System Work?